Christopher Pike (author)

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Christopher Pike
Born Kevin Christopher McFadden
(1955-11-12) November 12, 1955 (age 60)
New York, New York
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Period 1985–present
Genre Horror, thriller, science fiction, young adult

Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of American author Kevin Christopher McFadden[1] (born November 12, 1955). He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction.

History[edit]

McFadden was born in New York City in 1955, but grew up in California.[2] He attended college briefly before dropping out and working various jobs such as house painting and computer programming. He initially tried his hand at writing science fiction and adult mystery, but later began writing teen thrillers due to an editor's suggestion. His first attempt resulted in the 1985 novel Slumber Party, a book about a group of teenagers who run into bizarre and violent events during a ski weekend. The book was an immediate success and Pike's career as a Young Adult author took off. In addition to his Young Adult novels, he has written several Juvenile novels under the Spooksville series title, as well as several adult novels such as his 1990 hit book, Sati. Though their peak popularity reigned at the same time, Pike was commonly heralded as the author R.L. Stine's Goosebumps and Fear Street readers went to for a more mature novel, sitting as the middle ground with Stephen King the next level.[3]

On November 25, 1996, his book Fall into Darkness was adapted into a television movie of the same name, produced by his company Christopher Pike Productions.

Works[edit]

Young adult fiction[edit]

  • Slumber Party (1985)
  • Weekend (1986)
  • The Tachyon Web (1986)
  • Last Act (1988)
  • Spellbound (1988)
  • Gimme a Kiss (1988)
  • Scavenger Hunt (1989)
  • Remember Me (1989)
  • Fall into Darkness (1990)
  • See You Later (1990)
  • Witch (1990)
  • Whisper of Death (1991)
  • Die Softly (1991)
  • Bury Me Deep (1991)
  • Master of Murder (1992)
  • Monster (1992)
  • Road to Nowhere (1993)
  • The Eternal Enemy (1993)
  • The Immortal (1993)
  • The Wicked Heart (1993)
  • The Midnight Club (1994)
  • The Last Vampire (1994)
  • The Lost Mind (1995)
  • The Visitor (1995)
  • The Starlight Crystal (1996)
  • The Star Group (1997)
  • Execution of Innocence (1997)
  • Hollow Skull (1998)
  • Magic Fire (1999)
  • The Grave (1999)
  • The Secret of Ka (2010)
  • To Die For – Omnibus collects Slumber Party and Weekend (2010)
  • Time of Death – Omnibus collects Bury Me Deep and Chain Letter (2011)
  • Master of Murder – Omnibus collects Last Act and Master of Murder (2011)
  • Bound to You – Omnibus collects Spellbound and See You Later (2012)
  • Witch World (2012)
  • Black Knight - [Witch World 2] (2014)
  • Strange Girl (2015)

Series[edit]

Cheerleaders
  • Cheerleaders #2: Getting Even (1985)

(Christopher Pike only wrote one book in this forty-seven book series. Other writers of this series include Caroline B. Cooney and Diane Hoh.)[4]

Chain Letter
  • Chain Letter (1986)
  • Chain Letter 2: The Ancient Evil (1992)
  • Chained Together – Omnibus collects Chain Letter 1 and 2. (1994)
Final Friends
  • Final Friends 1: The Party (1988)
  • Final Friends 2: The Dance (1988)
  • Final Friends 3: The Graduation (1989)
  • Final Friends Trilogy – Omnibus collects Final Friends 1, 2 and 3 (1999)
  • Until the End – Omnibus collects Final Friends 1, 2 and 3 (2011)
Remember Me (book series)
  • Remember Me (1989)
  • Remember Me 2: The Return (1994)
  • Remember Me 3: The Last Story (1995)
  • Remember Me – Omnibus collects Remember Me 1, 2 and 3 (2010)
The Last Vampire
  • The Last Vampire (1994)
  • The Last Vampire 2: Black Blood (1994)
  • The Last Vampire 3: Red Dice (1995)
  • The Last Vampire 4: Phantom (1996)
  • The Last Vampire 5: Evil Thirst (1996)
  • The Last Vampire 6: Creatures of Forever (1996)
  • The Last Vampire 7: The Eternal Dawn (2010)
  • The Last Vampire 8: The Shadow of Death (2011)
  • The Last Vampire 9: The Sacred Veil (2013)
Thirst (omnibus editions of The Last Vampire)
  • Thirst No. 1 – Omnibus collects The Last Vampire 1, 2 and 3. (2009)
  • Thirst No. 2 – Omnibus collects The Last Vampire 4, 5 and 6. (2010)
  • Thirst No. 3The Last Vampire 7: The Eternal Dawn (2010)
  • Thirst No. 4The Last Vampire 8: The Shadow of Death (2011)
  • Thirst No. 5The Last Vampire 9: The Sacred Veil (March 5, 2013)
  • Thirst No. 6 (TBA) (As of August, 2016 Pike has said that this book will be self published when it's finished.)
  • Thirst No. 7 (TBA) (As of August, 2016 Pike has said that this book will be self published when it's finished. He declared that this book would the final one of the series.)
Spooksville
  • Spooksville – series of 24 children's books (1995–1999)
Alosha
  • Alosha (2004) (An animated movie version was in development, according to Pike's Facebook page.)
  • The Shaktra (2005)
  • The Yanti (2006)
  • Nemi (TBA) (According to Pike, the book is complete, though will only be released if the movie adaptation of ALOSHA goes well.)

Short stories[edit]

  • Tales of Terror – Six original short stories, includes a Master of Murder sequel: The Fan from Hell (1997)
  • Tales of Terror #2 – Five original short stories, includes a Master of Murder sequel: The Burning Witch (1998)

Anthologies[edit]

  • Thirteen: 13 Tales of Horror by 13 Masters of Horror – ed. T. Pines; contains Pike's stories Collect Call and Collect Call 2: The Black Walker (1991)
  • 666: The Number of the Beast – contains Pike's story Saving Face (2007)

Adult fiction[edit]

  • Sati (1990)
  • The Season of Passage (1992)
  • The Listeners (1995)
  • The Cold One (1995)
  • Seedling (Planned sequel to The Cold One, but was never written.)[5]
  • The Blind Mirror (2003)
  • Falling (2007)
  • The Sixth Door (TBA)

Interaction with fans[edit]

In 1996, fans of Christopher Pike founded the unofficial website and mailing list The Midnight Club, inspired by the book of the same name. Members chose book characters as aliases, used the mailing list to discuss Pike's books, and published original works on the website. In 1997, Pike dedicated "Execution of Innocence" to founding and active members Scott and Shannon. In 2001 the club disbanded, but a partial archive can still be accessed on Reocities.[6]

Pike used to be very elusive and kept his mystery up by hardly interacting with his fans. In more recent years, however, he often posts updates and replies on his official Facebook page. [7]

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